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Apollo statue in a Asria Temple ... a unique Syrian icon in the region

The Statue of Apollo, the God of music and literature  for the Greeks which was discovered at Asria, East of Salmiya city, is one of the most important statues found in the east for this Greek god.

The statue which  exists today in Damascus National Museum, was made in  the form of a graceful and handsome young man. It was found along with a broken lyre  by a German expedition that excavated in Asria Temple between 1991 and 1992.

Archaeological researcher Dr. Khaled Kiwan explains that the statue, which is 53 centimeters high,  made of bronze , has been cleaned and is now displayed in one of the stands of Damascus National Museum, indicating that Apollo, which is the equivalent of the Palmyrian god, Nebo in ancient Syria, is also the god of prediction,  which explains the dedication of Asria Temple to the prophecies.

Al-Latamneh village in Hama countryside ... a million years of human settlement

The village of Latamneh, is a unique site  located in the north of Hama province  as it is  one of the rare historical and archaeological sites in the world which  chronicled  the  first  existence of the early and middle Stone  Age humans .. 

Syrian and foreign excavation missions have found , during several  excavations in the village  a skeleton, bones, fossil remains and flint fragments dating back to one million years BC , the epoch which  the archaeologists  call the Pleistocene era extending from 3 million years until 10,000  years BC.  

 “ Al-Latamneh  is considered one of the most important and rarest sites of its kind  in the world, where the river bed of the Orontes River yielded the remains of human camp well-preserved within  layers from  sand and  other matter that the river had  deposited” according to the researcher Naser Flehan.

Malatius Jaghnoon, is a unique Syrian epigrapher

Malatius Jibriel Jaghnoon, is a Syrian engineer and epigrapher specialized in Aramaic and Greek inscriptions. He was born in Latakia , Jableh, in 1943. He graduated as a civil engineer from the University of Aleppo in 1968. His interest in epigraphy led him to learn several ancient languages including Aramaic and Greek.

Deciphering a number of Syriac and Greek inscriptions from an ancient church in Tal Eltiten, in the Al-Ghab area in Syria to the west of Apamea, an inscription from Maarrat al-Nu'man Museum and an inscription from the agora of Palmyra, were among his epigraphical works inside Syria.

He is a founding member of the Archaeological Society of Homs " Al-Adiyat" and was elected as head of the society from 2011 until he left Syria several years ago.

A Researcher Documents more than 100 Archaeological Sites in Sweida

Sweida  governorate is an open museum of archeology and monuments dating back thousands of years to the Greek and Romans eras.

The province  has a wonderful mountainous  nature and is considered by the standards of the United Nations a natural museum of ancient and historical monuments in all cities, towns and villages of the province

Highlighting the historical and cultural heritage of Sweida, was a main  goal sought by researcher Kamal Al-Shoufani, who during 15 years has documented the archaeological sites which  he visited in various parts of the governorate.

  The Head of the Antiquities Committee at Al-Adiyat Society in Sweida researcher Al-Shoufani told SANA   "I spotted and took  pictures of the most important archaeological sites to document them , during the tours organized by the society for temples and buildings dating back to various historical periods starting from the Stone Age”.

Ain Manin town a witness to successive historical eras

Ain Manin, is a peaceful town located in Qalamoun Mountains, 18 kilometers north of Damascus. It is surrounded by several small mountains with the Manin valley between them. Its name was inspired by a spring that used to irrigate the valley which leads to Barzeh and the northern Ghouta areas and is adjacent to the mountain of Mar Takla on the top and the slopes of which several architectural structures are engraved.

Archaeological surveys have confirmed the existence of several monuments in the mountain, including a residential site from the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic eras.